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Is there anything you have to do before you can start writing? Sit in a certain way? Use a particular pen? Short List looks at The Daily Rituals of Famous Writers

Mornings: you groggily emerge from your bleary-eyed state, fumbling for the snooze button while steering well clear of that drool patch on the pillow. Then after downing your first coffee of the day, you proceed to type the final chapter to one of the best-selling novels ever written.

Okay, so perhaps you play Angry Birds instead. But whatever your reason for not penning a masterpiece, you can be sure that your own daily habits don’t stray too far from those used by famous authors – past and present – to trigger their creative spark.

For new book Rituals: How Great Minds Make Time, Find Inspiration, And Get To Work, New York-based author Mason Curry has listed 161 famous names and the 161 very different ways they approached their work. You might even be surprised by a few.

Read the list here

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